Pappardelle al Ragu with Mushrooms

Pappardelle al ragu with mushrooms is pasta goals! This naturally vegan ragu recipe is flavourful, nutritious and, dare I say, addictive. Featuring a mix of fresh mushrooms and porcini plus green lentils, this is the only vegan ragu recipe you need for date night (or whenever you’re in the mood for a treat!)

Prep Time5 minutes

Cook Time25 minutes

Total Time30 minutes

Yield: 4

250 g (8.8 oz) pappardelle
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium shallots, finely diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
300 g (10.5 oz) chestnut mushrooms, sliced
30 g (1 ounce) porcini mushrooms, soaked in hot water and roughly chopped (reserve water)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
100 ml (3.5 fl oz) dry red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 x 400 g (14 oz) can green lentils
1 x 400 g (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large pan or Dutch oven and add the shallots, celery and garlic. Saute the veggies for 3-4 minutes over medium heat until they soften slightly.
Stir in the chestnut mushrooms, porcini mushrooms and thyme and keep cooking for approximately 10 minutes until the mushrooms reduce in size and there’s very little liquid left.
Pour in the red wine, deglaze the pan if needed, and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until the alcohol evaporates.
Stir in the tomato paste and fry for another 1-2 minutes. Next, add the green lentils and chopped tomatoes and stir to combine. Add 200 ml (1 cup) of the water you rehydrated the porcini in. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted water until al dente, according to the instructions on the package. Reserve some pasta water before draining.
Add the cooked pasta to the mushroom and lentil sauce and toss well to coat. Add as much pasta water as needed to get a creamy sauce if it looks too thick. Season to taste and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:

Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 21mg Sodium: 117mg Carbohydrates: 50g Fiber: 11g Sugar: 9g Protein: 16g

Nutritional information is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.